For more than 20 years Ocha Japanese Restaurant has been delighting Melburnians, both local and honorary, with the city’s most elegant contemporary Japanese cuisine.
Ocha opened in 1994 under the guiding hands of Yasu Yoshida and Michelle Rogerson, who to this day still own, love and chef the establishment. The pair specialise in modern Japanese dishes while utilising the best of local, seasonal produce. The restaurant has become renowned in Hawthorn, and citywide, for its premium, modern menu that showcases the best of local produce alongside exceptional internationally sourced ingredients.
At Ocha it’s all about the important things in life: family, friends and, of course, food – namely, the domestic theatre of great dishes. The menu encourages a shared dining experience, whereby traditional techniques are combined with playful, imaginative touches to create tastes and textures that are both approachable, memorable and exciting.
Many of Ocha’s diners opt for the ‘Feed me’ menu, which allows the staff to create a personalised menu for customers based on their personal preferences and dietary requirements, what’s in season and what is particularly exemplary that day. You’re encouraged to leave it in the capable hands of the experts!
The team members at Ocha are passionate about Japanese flavours, the freshest of ingredients, and the delicate, meticulous preparation of the food. They’re dedicated to providing their customers with new tastes to relish and an experience to remember.
Ocha’s sushi and sashimi is unlike anything you’ve experienced before – soft, delicate and flavoursome, it’ll become your benchmark. The menu features plenty of fresh seafood – scallops, prawns, crab, black cod and more, alongside chicken, pork, duck and eye fillet offerings. With agedashi tofu, dumplings, noodles and salads, Ocha proudly caters for all the dietary requirements of its patrons.
The dining room is an understated affair, relaxed and pared back, allowing the food and service to shine. Ocha is also fully licensed and offers a BYO option. Excitingly, Ocha is awaiting its final licences to open a new bar area with a private function space for 75 people – watch this space!
3 Church Street, Hawthorn 3122
Tel: +613 9853 6002
Images courtesy of Ocha Japanese Restaurant